In 1943, The mission of Dowling Community Gardens began as a victory garden. In short, it was used to provide food during the war. Today the land is provided for people in over 15 neighborhoods and the nearby Dowling Environmental school for educational purposes.
This 4 acre garden is located off of 46th avenue and 39th street, beside the Dowling Environmental School in Minneapolis.
This lush garden has roughly 185 plots allowing over 200 gardeners to use the land each year. They have a waiting list each year. Due to limiting space, do not forget to reserve your spot early.
The Purpose and Mission of Dowling Community Gardens
You may choose to grow anything on your plot. However, if you choose to grow vegetables, the excess food can be donated to the local food shelf June through September.
Many people also choose to help the urban wildlife thrive with their space in the garden. For example, they grow flowers attracting butterfly’s or put out a shallow water dish for the toads. Therefore, the opportunities are endless. Here is a list of more reasons to get involved:
- Grow seed/fruit for birds
- On site composting
- Sustainable garden practices
- Environmental education
- Beauty for others enjoyment
Volunteer at the Garden:
There is many things needed to maintain the community garden. As a result, the members are required to serve 6 or more hour a year. Fortunately, there are many jobs to complete on the land. Therefore, creating work for all skill levels.
For example, the water barrels need to be refilled regularly, the surplus produce needs to be delivered to the local food shelves, the weeds need to be picked, and many other things keep this garden going. Read more on their website to see how you can donate your time.
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